Jan Braai wants the nation to unite around a fire on Heritage Day. Photo: braai.com By Anne Taylor23 September 2013September 24 is Heritage Day in South Africa – a public holiday intended to focus the nation’s attention on the importance of South Africa’s diverse cultural heritage and traditions. It is a day when we are called on to find unity in our diversity.“When our first democratically elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation. We did so knowing that the struggles against the injustice and inequities of the past are part of our national identity; they are part of our culture. We knew that, if indeed our nation has to rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of division and conflict, we had to acknowledge those whose selfless efforts and talents were dedicated to this goal of non-racial democracy.” – Nelson Mandela, Heritage Day speech, 1996This year’s theme, set by the government, is “reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our living heritage”. In Cape Town, entrance to all Iziko museums will be free during heritage week, from 23 to 29 September.Read about the in_herit festival at Cape Town’s Company Gardens and other Heritage Day activities on Play Your Part: Celebrate SA’s rich heritage For many South Africans, Heritage Day is also unofficially national braai day. Originally the initiative of Jan Scannell, known as Jan Braai, South Africans haven’t needed much encouragement to light a fire and braai. Yes, you can barbeque anywhere, but you can only braai in South Africa!“It is called many things: Chisa Nyama, Braai and Ukosa to name few. Although the ingredients may differ, the one thing that never changes is that when we have something to celebrate we light fires, and prepare great feasts,” Jan writes on his website, braai.com.In a recent inteview with NPR, Jan uses boerewors (a South African sausage) as the perfect analogy to describe the rainbow nation: “You’ve got sausage-making skills from Europe that came with the European settlers to Africa. Then you’ve got spices and the knowledge of how to use them from the East, stuff like coriander, nutmeg, cloves and then in Africa it was very typical to cook all your food on a fire.”Smoke, charred meat and a cold beer – what’s not to love? See you across the flames tomorrow.Read more on SouthAfrica.info: Celebrate South Africa on Braai DayJan Braai’s Top 10 braai tips on CapeTownMagazine.com
Most, like the white mischiefgirls, don’t seem to mind.Last year, Indian Premier League (IPL) parties were big, glitzy, open house affairs where film stars danced with cricketers and cheerleaders. IPL after-parties, titled IPL Nights, were broadcast on TV and the media was invited. Mehr Jessia Rampal organised fashion shows organised, top-flight players put,Most, like the white mischiefgirls, don’t seem to mind.Last year, Indian Premier League (IPL) parties were big, glitzy, open house affairs where film stars danced with cricketers and cheerleaders. IPL after-parties, titled IPL Nights, were broadcast on TV and the media was invited. Mehr Jessia Rampal organised fashion shows organised, top-flight players put in an appearance and the then IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi preened. It’s another story that last year’s dos were blamed for the poor performance of several cricketers. So much so that when Chirayu Amin took charge of the IPL after Modi’s exit, the first thing he objected to was the ‘specially ticketed event’ leading to a ban on after-parties.In IPL Season 4, the parties have been banned-not for cricketers or the sponsors, but for the media. And for cheerleaders as well, ever since Gabriella Pasqualotto, 22, blew the whistle on the seamier side of the game, describing cheerleaders as “walking porn” and certain cricketers as “naughty”. Most top Indian cricketers now take the party elsewhere, smoking and drinking discreetly behind closed doors-away from the prying eyes of the fans and fanfare. The foreign players hang around disconsolately.Take the IPL party after the Bangalore match, where Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on May 13. It was the day after Pasquolotto had been sent off to Johannesburg, South Africa, for writing an all-too-frank blog. There were no young girls in hot pants. Cricketers Virat Kohli, Abhimanyu Mithun, Brett Lee, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher walked in a good three hours after the match and stuck together. Tilakaratne Dilshan and Chris Gayle didn’t dance with the girls as they did after the win on May 8.advertisementGabriella Pasqualotto has described cheerleaders asAnd it’s all thanks to “Gabby”, aka Pasquolotto, who is now fielding offers of a Bollywood movie and an Indian reality TV show. “We’re as good as grounded. Like little schoolchildren,” says a cheerleader referring to her former teammate from Mumbai Indians. In Bangalore, the girls missing from the party were the White Mischief cheerleaders, named after the vodka brand that belongs to Vijay Mallya’s United Spirits Limited. “We are in a country where we don’t know anyone. Why would we not want to go to a party and have some fun? What Gabby did was very unprofessional,” says a cheerleader for Mumbai Indians.”We do have people to look after us, but that doesn’t mean the odd sponsor won’t paw us at a party. All this ogling in public can be unsettling, but you get used to it after a bit,” says a cheerleader from Kings XI Punjab. IPL has sourced most of its cheerleaders from South Africa, thanks to their familiarity with cricket. “We all love cricket and that’s one of the reasons we were chosen,” says Denise Schoeman, 24, a White Mischief girl. Schoeman is a beauty pageant winner back home and this is her second season with IPL. Cheerleaders are reportedly paid 8,000 rand (Rs 52,000) a month.What about the ogling by the Indian spectators? “We have received so much warmth. We go shopping and buy saris, or go out for a meal, escorted of course, and I cannot tell you how much fun we have. We have absolutely no cause for complaint,” says Schoeman.Neither does Pasqualotto, who will return to India to attend the inaugural Formula 1 event in October. “My agent will talk later,” she said in an e-mail to India Today. “I cannot divulge details,” Amanda, her mother, said when asked if Pasqualotto had already landed film role. Who knows, she just might make it to the IPL Season 5 after-party as a star guest.
KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (CNS) – President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration today for the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians due to damage to tribal land caused by heavy rains, flooding and mudslides last month.Trump granted federal aid to the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians to assist the tribe’s efforts to repair or replace damaged facilities and to help with the removal of debris from the 8,541-acre reservation, which is located off State Highway 76, about 25 miles east of Escondido and 60 miles northeast of San Diego.The federal government is making aid funding available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Representatives of the tribe were not immediately available for comment. Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor named Mark Wingate, an official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations for the tribe’s area. According to FEMA, the federal government may designate additional aid and assistance to the tribe at a later date if tribal officials request it and if federal officials deem it necessary.The La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians is one of six federally recognized Luiseno tribes in Southern California. March 26, 2019 President Trump approves Disaster Declaration for Luiseno Indian Tribe Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: March 26, 2019
Oil prices jumped more than $2 a barrel on Tuesday, breaking out of a month-long trading range on technical buying and industry talk as well as U.S. government data suggesting the global supply glut could be ebbing.Global benchmark Brent crude LCOc1 rallied for a third straight day and closed above $50 a barrel the first time in a month. In post-settlement trade, it briefly jumped $3 after an industry group reported an unexpected weekly drop in U.S. crude stockpiles.Earlier, Brent rose on a U.S. government forecast for tighter oil supplies, and indications that Russia, Saudi Arabia and other big producers might pursue further talks to support the market. A weaker dollar and chart-based buying also bolstered crude prices.Some dealers were convinced there was now little chance that Brent and the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) benchmark for U.S. crude would slide back to the 6-1/2-year lows touched in August.”We have reduced the probability of a return to the $37 to $38 area per nearby WTI,” said veteran oil analyst Jim Ritterbusch. “We will maintain a longstanding view that price declines below this support level are virtually off of the table.”Brent settled up $2.67, or 5.4 percent, at $51.92, breaking out of the $47 to $50 band it had held since early September. Its session peak, a penny shy of $52, was the highest since Sept. 3, pushing three-day gains past 7 percent.WTI closed up $2.27, or 4.9 percent, at $48.53 a barrel.After settlement, Brent and WTI rose more when the American Petroleum Institute reported a weekly U.S. crude stockpile draw of 1.2 million barrels. [API/S] Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a second straight weekly increase in crude inventories.Official stockpile numbers will be published on Wednesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). [EIA/S]”Steeper U.S. production declines over the near term have created a bid for oil prices,” said Chris Jarvis, analyst at Caprock Risk Management in Frederick, Maryland.In its monthly supply-demand report on Tuesday, the EIA said global oil demand will grow in 2016 by the most in six years while non-OPEC supply stalls.Oil executives at an industry conference in London warned of a “dramatic” decline in U.S. output that could lead to a price spike if fuel demand escalates.Russia’s energy minister said Russia and Saudi Arabia discussed the oil market in a meeting last week.OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri said in London that OPEC and non-OPEC members should work together to reduce the global supply glut.Iran’s crude sales were on track to hit seven-month lows as its main Asian customers bought less.
Two men were killed in separate incidents of lightning strike at Tuardanga and Kadakati villages in Satkhira’s Ashasuni on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Bhajhari Mandol, 50, son of late Mangal Mandol of Tuardanga village and Jahangir Hossain, 34, of Kadakati village of the upazila.Shahidul Islam, officer-in-charge of Ashasuni police station, said a thunderbolt struck Bhajhari around 6:00am while he was going outside for working, leaving him dead on the spot.Meanwhile, another thunderbolt hit Jahangir Hossain while he was fishing in his enclosure, leaving him dead on the spot.Later, locals recovered the bodies, the OC added.
A major health issue that affects thousands of people each year is suicide, according to experts on the medical condition.In 2011, almost 40,000 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). “It is the third leading cause of death among African Americans ages 15-24. Even though we are killing ourselves fewer times at a lower rate, it’s a big concern as to why is it happening at younger ages,” he said.Donna Holland Barnes, PhD, project director for the Suicide Prevention Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University, told the AFRO, African American men ages 15-24 are committing suicide more often.According to the U.S. Census, 45 percent of the D.C. African American population is men, with ages 15-24 representing a significant portion of its population.The African American community, overall, demonstrates risky behavior that could lead to suicide, she said.“We have very high rates of suicidal behavior, which can lead to death,” Barnes said. “So we need to be very cognizant of that.”Mental disorders, such as depression, are major risk factors for suicide. Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year, according to Mental Health America, community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives located in Alexandria, Va.Although, African Americans statistically have more experiences that increase their risks of depression – including oppression and racism – it is often under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed in the African-American community, Donald Grant, a socio-cultural analyst told the AFRO.However, even though there are very high rates of suicidal behavior in the African American community, African-American suicide rates in 2011 were much lower in comparison to other groups at 5.3 percent compared to 14.5 percent of Whites but there are still significant concerns, Grant said.A stigma, however, exists about mental illness that prevents African Americans from seeking help, Kevin Chapman, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist at the OCD Institute of Louisville, told the AFRO.“[M]ental health in the African-American community is often equated with being viewed as ‘crazy,’” Chapman said.“From a Christian perspective, my own experience would suggest that mental health providers who are well versed in Biblical principles, are well received when one’s faith is an important component of mental health treatment,” he said. “Furthermore, the church has historically been a source of support and strength for the African-American community.”Chapman also said it is important that mental health professionals remain culturally sensitive when treating patients.“Mental health treatment is extremely effective when implemented by a culturally proficient, competent mental health provider who is willing to ‘roll up his or her sleeves’ and ‘get real.’”Afiya M. Mbilishaka, PhD, president of the D.C. Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, told the AFRO there is a mistrust of medical workers in the African American community.Medical and mental health professionals described how African-American people have been “chronically mistreated and even killed by physicians” through medical experimentations, she said.“To address the stigma, community gatekeepers such as pastors, teachers, barbers, and hair stylists can be trained in mental health screening and evidence-based counseling techniques,” Mbilishaka said.She also said mental illness may appear differently in African Americans than in Whites – through somatic complaints and hypersensitivity. African Americans may display initial lack of self-disclosure.According to the mental health network, clinical depression is very treatable. More than 80 percent of those who seek treatment show improvement. Depression cannot be self-treated. It has to be treated by a physician or qualified mental health professional through anti-depressants, psychotherapy, or both.Howard University offers a course every second Wednesday of the month on recognizing these signs. The next one is October 8. They also provide a support group called “Survivors Circle” for families who have lost someone to suicide.The National Suicide Hotline, 1-800-273-8255, transfers D.C. residents to the Department of Health and Human Services, where they can receive a list of local resources. To get listings of Black psychologists in Washington, D.C., contact the Association of Black Psychologists, located in Fort Washington, Md., at 301-449-3082 or visit their website at http://www.abpsi.org/.
Explore further More information: A comprehensive phylogeny of birds (Aves) using targeted next-generation DNA sequencing, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature15697AbstractAlthough reconstruction of the phylogeny of living birds has progressed tremendously in the last decade, the evolutionary history of Neoaves—a clade that encompasses nearly all living bird species—remains the greatest unresolved challenge in dinosaur systematics. Here we investigate avian phylogeny with an unprecedented scale of data: >390,000 bases of genomic sequence data from each of 198 species of living birds, representing all major avian lineages, and two crocodilian outgroups. Sequence data were collected using anchored hybrid enrichment, yielding 259 nuclear loci with an average length of 1,523 bases for a total data set of over 7.8 × 107 bases. Bayesian and maximum likelihood analyses yielded highly supported and nearly identical phylogenetic trees for all major avian lineages. Five major clades form successive sister groups to the rest of Neoaves: (1) a clade including nightjars, other caprimulgiforms, swifts, and hummingbirds; (2) a clade uniting cuckoos, bustards, and turacos with pigeons, mesites, and sandgrouse; (3) cranes and their relatives; (4) a comprehensive waterbird clade, including all diving, wading, and shorebirds; and (5) a comprehensive landbird clade with the enigmatic hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) as the sister group to the rest. Neither of the two main, recently proposed Neoavian clades—Columbea and Passerea1—were supported as monophyletic. The results of our divergence time analyses are congruent with the palaeontological record, supporting a major radiation of crown birds in the wake of the Cretaceous–Palaeogene (K–Pg) mass extinction. Citation: Group builds most comprehensive family tree of birds to date (2015, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-group-comprehensive-family-tree-birds.html Building a family tree for modern birds has been difficult for scientists because of the dearth of fossil evidence going past 66 million years—the time before the mass extinction that wiped out the other dinosaurs. After the extinction, bird species evolved so rapidly that it has been difficult to use traditional genomic techniques to follow the paths of the evolution of new species, which in turn has made it almost impossible to create an accurate tree. To overcome such problems the researchers with this latest effort used a different type of genomic sequencing technique—it is called anchored hybrid enrichment and allows for sampling parts of the genome that evolved both slowly and more quickly in the flanking regions.In all the team collected and tested samples from 198 bird species (which included 390,000 bases of genomic sequence data) that together represented approximately 90 percent of all known birds—a group known collectively as Neoaves. In looking at the data they retrieved, the team found that virtually all birds (excluding flightless and some chickens and ducks) could be grouped into five sub-groups, i.e. major clads. They also found evidence that suggested that all modern birds likely evolved from a single ancestor, one that lived approximately 75 million years ago, or ten million years before all the other dinosaurs went extinct—birds in general are believed to have evolved from the dinosaur family, developing feathers approximately 150 million years ago.In addition, the researchers claim their results show (and agree with paleontology records) that there was a major radiation event following the mass extinction. Dinosaur family tree gives fresh insight into rapid rise of birds (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has created the most comprehensive family tree of birds to date. In their paper published in the journal Nature the team describes the genomic sequencing technique they used and the structure of the tree they created. Gavin Thomas with the University of Sheffield, in the U.K. offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same issue, highlighting differences in phylogeny between this newer work and that conducted by another team last year. House finchnigel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.